Michael Crosby

The Prayer That Jesus Taught Us

A fresh examination of the Lord's Prayer hightlights its challenge for the church and contemporary disciples.

"This is powerful stuff. I don't think we will ever say the Our Father in the same way again. Michael has done believers a service ..."
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Richard Rohr, O.F.M., Center for Action and Contemplation

"Michael Crosby leads us through his reflections on the Lord's Prayer with a keen eye on the world of the text and an understanding of social meanings both at the time of writing of the text and in the contempory world that is now taking shape. As he grapples with issues of justice in the world and in the church, he shows that praying this prayer is a strategy of subversion of the powerful ones of the earth."
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Carolyn Osiek, RSCJ, Catholic Theological Union

"To subvert means literally to turn upside-down. Contrasted with God's peace and justice, our world of violence and exploitation is upside-down to begin with. Hence, prayer that deserves its name must be subversive. The prayer that Jesus taught-- the Lord's Prayer--is indeed subversive in this sense. Micheal H. Crosby demonstrates this with scholarly rigor and passionate social commitment. If you would rather not hear the ticking of a spiritual time-bomb every time you recite the Our Father, stay away from this book!"
--Brother David Steindl-Rast , Author of "We Dare to Say "Our Father'"

Michael H. Crosby, A Capuchin-Franciscan priest, is a popular writer and lecturer. He is the author of many books, including The Seven Last Words, "Do You Love Me?", and Spirituality of the Beatitudes. He give talks around the world on biblical spirituality and corporate responsibility. Fr. Crosby lives in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.